Last month, a teenager from Ohio stood up to his anti-vaxxer mother and went viral for it. Now, the 18 year old Ethan Lindenberger is going to testify in court about misinformation on vaccines. Lindenberger will be joined in this hearing by Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman & Immune Deficiency Foundation President & CEO John Boyle among others. Ethan tweeted that he is excited to disprove the myths about vaccination at the Senate health committee’s hearing. “I grew up in an anti-vax household. My mom didn’t believe that vaccines were beneficial to the health and safety of society,” Lindenberger said in a Youtube video.
His mom, Jill Wheeler, had 7 kids but only vaccinated the oldest two after she learned that vaccination is not required by law. But Ethan, one of the unvaccinated children, read up on the subject and decided that he wanted to be vaccinated. In a now viral Reddit post, Lindenberger asked how to get vaccinated without his parents' permission. Ethan had said, “My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme,” he wrote at the time. “It’s stupid and I’ve had countless arguments over the topic. But, because of their beliefs I’ve never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I’m still alive.” So a month later he got vaccinated for hepatitis A and B, influenza, and HPV.
The hearing is set to be on Tuesday, March 5 and will discuss the measles outbreak in New York and Washington states. The disease is very dangerous to children and spreads like wildfire. The outbreak originated from unvaccinated people going to countries where the outbreak was happening and bringing it back. In the meeting, they will discuss and debunk the myths about vaccines, such as the purported link with autism. The hearing will be broadcasted live on the Senate health committee’s website on Tuesday at 10 a.m.